Kuroru (Anstasia)

Hi everyone! Clara Cow here with yet an other interview with a weird human that wears clothes (When will they stop that silly custom and just run around the pastures like we're meant to!).

This time, it's a Russian Cosplay goddes called Kuroru, part of the General Kuroru team. I'll interview her partner today too!

Hello clothes wearing human, can you tell us something about yourself, why you dress up like other people or animals and also, why do you wear clothes?

Hello Clara!
My name is Anastasia, you can call me kuroru or cosmozaec as well. I’m a Russian based cosplayer, but also like to travel to other countries to visit cosplay conventions there. I like cosplay simply because I love to dress up in fancy clothes I can’t wear daily. But cosplay is not only about dressing up. It gives an incredible opportunity to bring favorite characters to life in so many aspects like showing their personality and even your own vision of how they gonna act and behave in different situations.

Sometimes clothes help to reveal a person’s individuality. If clothes are not your thing, try to wear some accessories, Clara. Sunglasses would make you look like a superstar cow!

What is the image of The Netherlands in your country?

Weed flavored lollipop maybe?
No, I mean Dutch Golden Age is the first thing that comes in mind. I especially adore that period in history of arts. I look forward to visiting art museums in Holland. Also, I know that Holland is famous for tulips and windmills. Wish to see it, too. 

We heard you were a famous human in your habitat. What have you achieved in your clothes wearing profession? I myself was chosen Cow of the Year, due to my immaculate spot pattern on my body for four years in a row.

Let’s say I’m popular in a very specific way (because I don’t consider myself being popular at all). I was the one who brought latex as a cosplay material on a Russian stage. Even managed to take the second place in Eurocosplay Russian pre-selection with it. I have had a lot of awards in Russia and even some in Europe.

Think big grassy meadow with nice and crisp leaves and of course, no other human smelly things in the area. What would you bring to ruminate for a weekend? You may choose 4 items.

I would take with me a sketchbook, a pencil to draw, fancy sunglasses and… my butler to bring everything else! No one said I can’t cheat, right?

What are your favourite 5 items from Japan?

  • Japanese art, both traditional and modern.
  • Horror movies and games!
  • Moe-moe~
  • I’m a big fan of Japanese school uniforms!
  • I love how everything in Japan has its own mascot.

When I go to Japan people often assume I am from Kobe because of the way I look. Do people ever make mistaken assumptions about youbecause of the way you look and what can you do about it?

Oh, it happens all the time! I got mistaken for being German very often. At the airports I’m always asked to show my EU citizen passport or to stand in line for EU residents. Maybe because I’m a fair blonde with bluish grey eyes and pale skin. But why only German? What about Swede? Or Polish? 

When I went on stage for the first time I was really nervous. Then someone gave me some milk and that helped to calm me down. It wrecked havoc with my digestion afterwards as I am lactose intolerant, but since then I learned that some freshly squeezed alfalfa juice with straw will do the trick whenever I am nervous. Do you have similar tricks for when you and/or your co-actors are nervous?

At the beginning of my cosplay path it wasn’t that easy for me and from time to time I had problems with calming myself down before going on stage. Over the years of experience I have made a great progress and now it’s not a big problem to enter the stage even with a stranger who asked you a minute ago to  accompany them because you’re cosplaying from the same series. 
Also, it really helps to watch other cosplayers performing on stage. It makes me confident and helps me believe in myself. 

When I just started out cosplaying sometimes cows in my herd looked down on me and my passion. This really hurt me at the time. Did you have any similar experiences when you started? What did you say to them? Do you think cosplay is becoming more accepted both as a hobby and as a profession?

Don’t let anyone bring you down, okay? Stand for what you like and believe in yourself!
I’m very lucky to have only nice people around me. Even my co-workers are always exited to see my new photos. But when I was in my teens my mom was against it because it was hard for her to understand what kind of hobby cosplay is, but later she became very fond of my photos and even helped me through a
deadline once.
Personally I notice only positive tendencies in terms of cosplay social tolerance. As a cosplayer I attend not only conventions but also public events such as municipal festivals supported by a local government. A lot of ordinary people come to visit events like that and they know nothing about cosplay but are always happy to take a photo with a fancy dressed individual. In Russia senior people approve of creative youngsters and compliment cosplayers for making props and sewing clothes on their own. Generally, cosplay in Russia isn’t considered as something antisocial or weird.

In my third year as a cosplayer I built a mecha using duct tape and recycled firelighters. Of course the whole thing looked pretty ridiculous and I wouldn't want to wear it now, but I do have really fun memories of it. Do you have some similar cosplay from way back when?

Back then I was far from crafting but I managed to buy the most unfitting (and cheapest) fabrics for my first self-made dress like underlining material for an upper skirt. But I was very happy to sew it all by myself and wore it proudly. 

Have you ever done a horned cosplay? If so don't you agree a horned live is better? (If not how do you clean your hooves without horns?

Yep, it’s Nai from manga Karneval. Though, he is not a cow and has only tiny golden horns, but his heart is big! Luckily, in his Niji form (fluffy loaf creature) he has paws even smaller than his horns, so there’s no need to clean those using horns, otherwise it’d be a problem haha!

My partner Marieke sometimes acts as if she is the only AnimeCon mascot. I hate it when she does that. How do you handle partners hogging all the attention?

Me and Daria (General) have that great size difference and completely different appearance which gives us an absolutely amazing opportunity to cosplay main characters from many popular series like Sebastian and Ciel, for example. Both of us complement each other perfectly and there’s no need to be jealous or mad.

When doing bipadel cosplays you have to stand on your hind legs the whole day. This can get pretty tiresome. Do you have any tips on how to prepare for cosplays when you have to use your body in unnatural ways?

To tell the truth, sometimes cosplay requires you to sacrifice a lot in order to pull out your favorite character. In case you can’t prevent discomfort be sure to check your health state and don’t fall a victim of your own creation. If you don’t feel good it’s better to undress rather than to collapse at all. Also, it’s always good to have friends around to ask them for assistance or distraction.


Thank you for your time!

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